PB January 2010

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Cikel, a vertically-integrated FSC-certified manufacturer, has launched the Vila Velha collection of exotic engineered Brazilian Cherry hardwood flooring. The hand-scraped, rotary-cut wear layer collection represents “real” Brazilian Cherry, not the maple or oak specie stained to appear that way.

Premier Building Systems (PBS) introduces the new PBS Building Wrap and Weather Barrier for SIPs

Introducing Urban Architecture and its collection of unique lighting pieces. Shown here is the Gridiron Lantern

Over the next 20 years, experts predict a shift toward residential communities that are smaller, greener and friendlier.

DuChateau Floors are antique reproduction hard-wax oil floors in great modern designs originally developed in Holland. The company’s latest offerings (Fine Sawn Collection shown here) feature textured hardwood emphasizing the changing grain pattern of the natural wood. Possible LEED points include MR 7, Certified Sustainably Harvested Wood and EQ 4.

dB-3 and dB-4looring install under the drywall and floor. Both can reduce noise transmission by 75 percent and weigh far less than drywall-based sound solutions.

Debuted in November, Chelsea Park flooring from Armstrong's Bruce Laminate line is a five-inch individual plank laminate product in an 8mm structure. It sports the company's simple, two-step Lock & Fold process that fits laminate strips together faster and easier than most other laminate floors. Five unique species are offered, including a one-of-a-kind Island Koa, whose hardwood counterpar...

In November 2009, the International Code Council (ICC) voted to keep the language related to mandatory fire sprinklers installed in all new one- and two-family homes in the next edition of the International Residential Code (IRC)

Stormwater management plans and low-flow fixtures are among the top water-conservation measures employed by home builders, according to a Professional Builder survey.

Increase your roof R-values and structural stability with ACH Foam Technologies' R-Control Structured Insulated Panels, which provide R-values of up to R-38

Ninety-nine cents a square foot? You got that right. Lumber Liquidators' new line of resilient vinyl flooring, called Tranquility, features the visual benefits of traditional wood flooring, from the wood grain appearance to the unique texture. However, Tranquility is made out of a vinyl material, making it water-resistant, easy to clean and perfect for damp environments, such as bathrooms, kitc...

Professional Builder magazine Editor-in-Chief David Barista talks about National Housing Quality Executive Council (NHQEC), a group of 25 home builders and housing consultants that are fully committed to serving the industry

Knowing your traffic-to-sales conversion is a great start, but the best builders focus on the subtleties of the home-buying process and agent activities to measure sales success and pinpoint problems.

iLevel makes the new Parallam Plus PSL using long, narrow veneer strips bonded together with adhesives using a press and microwave process

Introducing Aged Woods new Rescued Maple line. Traditionally, Aged Woods reclaims wood destined for the dump from old barns being destroyed.

The Alysse from American Olean is glazed porcelain floor and wall tile that looks just like travertine. The collection is available in four tile sizes: 6-by-6-inch wall tile, 10-by-14-inch wall tile, 13-by-13-inch floor tile and 20-by-20-inch floor tile

Home builders that have championed trade partner councils (TPCs), and industry consultants who have helped put them together, say having one can pay off with a host of benefits for the builder, and probably even more for participating trades.

BR-111’s products look as cool as they sound. Each of the company’s new Antiquity Engineered products, many with color palettes brand new to the hand-scraped line, offer a classic five-inch plank presentation, thick-sawn wear layer and crystal-clear aluminum oxide finish. The classic planks are created at lengths varying from 12 to 86 inches, adding to the flooring’s character.

These feature a 12-month limited-exposure warranty, are UL-Classified for fire resistance (Type SLX) and can be used in any fire-rated assembly where regular Sheetrock liner panels are specified

The company's MagneDock docking system and optional SmartTouch technology make Brizo's Venuto faucets both user-friendly and durable

Well-heeled empty nesters are flocking to The Enclave at Montvale for a shot at large, luxurious townhomes that live like single-family homes, but cost a lot less.

Builders should be fully prepared to take advantage of the home-buyer tax credit. No more extensions or stimulus money will be forthcoming from the Fed.

The Elemix additive from Nova Chemicals uses advanced polymer technology to consistently deliver energy efficient, durable, lightweight concrete

There aren't many products that are certified 100-percent-pure by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). Mullican's FSC-PURE engineered hardwood flooring products are available in 10 colors, including three- and five-inch hand-sculpted selections. The company's solid domestic Green Haven, for example, is available in 16 different styles.

Faced with meeting increasingly stringent energy codes and a growing demand for green, high-performance features, builders nationwide are looking to maximize the energy efficiency of their homes without blowing the budget. The easiest and most economical step to creating energy-efficient homes is to master building envelope and air sealing design.

Scott Sedam hosts the Lean Building Forum on HousingZone.com, where each month he interviews those who are implementing the principles of lean operations in home building.

The 170 Sound & Crack Isolation Mat from Laticrete is a 1/8-inch-thick (3mm) underlayment membrane that provides exceptional sound reduction while simultaneously providing anti-fracture protection for tile or stone installations

Sometimes that little extra flair will push a sale over the edge. Oshkosh's Noche line includes some great inlays. Shown here is the Windsor. The line can be installed into new or existing wood floors 3/8- to ¾-inch thick. The inlays are compatible with nail down, glue down and most floating floor applications.

A first-person account of K. Hovnanian's Mid-Atlantic trade partner council gathering that was held November, 2009.  

Tech-Plank is made with what the company calls Wood 2.0, which is comprised of 75 percent pine thinnings from sustainable and managed forests. The company guarantees the product for 50 years

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